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Michael Henchard brought his troubles upon himself. How far do you agree with this statement?

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Michael Henchard brought his troubles upon himself. How far do you agree with this statement? Michael Henchard is a character with traits that have both a positive and negative traits effect on his life. I believe the characteristics that allowed Henchard to rise to social respectability and fall into destitution where the same. "Character is fate"(Plato) For example Henchard stubbornness and pride allowed him to keep his 21-year vow not to drink. This shows his stubbornness brought an aspect forbearance. However the same character traits also made him rely on a prediction from a fortuneteller becoming his financial downfall. This is same aspect of Henchard that made him so forbearing and committed to his wedding vows with Susan. ...read more.

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This played a huge part in his downfall. A quality in all great leaders is that they are able to make quick decisions. Here we again see the different sides to the same quality in Henchard having good and bad effects on his life. We see the same series of events reoccur with Henchard's swift temper. His temper clearly made him feared in Casterbridge: the fear Able Whittle had of Henchard expressed in confrountation over Abel's dismissal. The fear the townsfolk felt of Henchard changed to respect and was key to his power. We later see his temper in action when he attempts to blackmail Luccetta much to his advantage. ...read more.

Conclusion

Farfrae finding Lucetta and not Elizabeth-Jane is again down to fate. It seems virtually impossible to see all of the parts that fate played during the novel. Although we accredit fate for these two events the prime culprit is still Henchard. For example Henchard as an experienced city official should have had the foresight not to hold his party outdoors and Henchard's gamble on the prediction of "the weather prophet" all appeared to be as a result of the way Henchard reacts to fate. In conclusion, the notion that fate or Henchard was fully responsible for Henchards downfall are both incorrect. Situations brought about by fate AND the way Henchard reacts to them was responsible for his downfall. Either force; fate or Henchard could have prevented the outcome of the story. ...read more.

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